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Manhattan Panorama: 1906

Manhattan Panorama: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Manhattan skyline and East River." Panorama of two 8x10 inch glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

TAN: Abendroth Brothers Locomotive

The Abendroth Foundry locomotive, mentioned in the description of the Abendroth Brothers' stock certificate, later named "Amy", was running at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in Branford, Conn., until the recent Hurricane Irene. It is being dried out.

Peck Slip

Wilso127, it appears that Beekman Street is the last street clearly visible on the right. Peck Slip would be the next street, just out of sight to the right of Beekman Street. Peck Slip now runs only from South Street up to Pearl Street, only two or three blocks long.

RE: Why are there flagpoles on so many buildings?

Because without them, the flags would just lay flat on the rooftops of course!

Shot tower -- another view

Coincidentally, I just posted an article about the Tatham Brothers structure a couple of weeks ago. The article, and a couple of additional images, can be accessed here:

http://dreamersrise.blogspot.com/2011/12/lost-tower.html

In the Rotograph postcard view that I included, which is probably almost exactly contemporary with the Detroit Publishing photograph, the tower can be seen in the far right.

Although the tower was torn down in 1907, another adjacent Tatham Brothers structure remained on the same block for several decades until it too was demolished. Bogardus may have been the architect for that lower building as well.

Peck Slip?

Can anyone ID the location of Peck Slip in this photo? The block fronting on South Street was, and still is, a wide plaza.
Wilse

Why are there flagpoles on so many buildings?

Any particular reason?

Abendroth Brothers

There is a building in this picture, on the right side, with a large sign on it, that advertises Abendroth Brothers. They were manufacturers of stoves and iron pipes. They were in business from 1840-1920. The Manhattan address was 109-111 Beekman St. Their foundry was in Port Chester, NY. The attachment is a partial segment of a printer's file copy of a stock certificate.

Waterfront

From Sail to Steam and everything in-between. Thanks for this most amazing panorama.

NYNH&HRR

New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad I assume?

Any more partners and they'll need a longer boat.

South Street Seaport

Based on the address of the Shot Tower it seems that the majority of this picture covers the area of the present day South Street Seaport just south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The area's changed a bit in the last 100+ years.

Shot Tower

I want to point out one small feature of this amazing view. At the extreme right hand edge of the photograph is the Tatham Brothers Shot Tower, designed by the cast iron pioneer James Bogardus and built in 1856 in the rear yard at 82 Beekman Street. It looks like an obelisk with windows. This 217-foot tall tower is sometimes considered a forerunner of the skeleton frame skyscraper, as it had structural iron members holding up brick infill panels. Margot and Carol Gayle (Cast Iron Architecture in America: The Significance of James Bogardus, 1998) state that it was demolished in 1907; that, combined with the total absence of the ever-popular Singer Tower of 1906-1908, may be a clue toward the actual date of this breathtaking panorama.

Where to start?

This picture is so full of waterfront activity that it's almost impossible to take it all in.

Coastal steamers, ferries, tugs and barges, ocean-going steamships (one in need of some re-ballasting to return to an even keel), what looks like a fishing harbor and right in the middle a gaff-rigged sloop.

I think I'll spend some time just staring at this photo.

Man the pumps!

The two-masted steamer in the left portion of the frame is
definitley listing to port.

 
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